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Arty Party Activities and Events
Arty Party supports people with learning disabilities to be creative, confident and included. They run regular physical theatre sessions as well as lots of other groups.
Tel: 01952 327227 or Text: 07825 070368

BEAM - New Drop-in services for young people in Shropshire
Beam is a recently launched drop-in facility in Shropshire and Telford. Their aim is to provide young people, up to the age of 25 with advice, signposting and support with any concerns relating to mental and emotional wellbeing. Beam is part of the new Mental Health service in Shropshire and Telford, previously known as CAMHS. Beam is run by The Children’s Society. Their great team of Youth Workers, Therapists and trained Wellbeing Volunteers offer young people with guidance on mental health topics. Their specialist staff members provide caring advice and guidance in particular areas including anxiety, mood management and self-esteem.
There is no need to book an appointment, young people can simply drop in and converse with volunteers and staff on the below dates and venues:
Mondays from 1pm-5:30pm at Hollinswood Neighbourhood Centre, 7 Downemead, Hollinswood, Telford TF3 2EW
Thursdays from 2pm-6pm at Palmers Coffee Shop, Claremont Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
For more information on the whole of the new Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service including Beam, the new drop in service, please click on the following link http://www.sssft.nhs.uk/0to25

Services include registered care homes, supported living services, day opportunities, outreach support and a specialist assessment and transition service. Services in the Welsh borders & West Midlands.
01743 272880

Branches provide peer support for those experiencing mental health issues. Their opening times are at Strickland House: Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm and CHEC Centre: Monday (by appointment), Wednesday 9am-3pm, Friday 9am-1pm. Contact number for CHEC is 07784 368743. For more information please contact Kelly Middleton by email: [email protected] or call: 01952 899205.

Challenging Perceptions
Challenging Perceptions, presents Active Minds, their youth mental health peer support group. Held at Park Lane, Woodside, Telford, every Wednesday 6pm-9pm, for 14-18 year olds (under 16s will require parental consent).
Email: [email protected]

Chance to Dance
Dance classes designed for children with special needs. The classes are held at Randlay Community Centre and run every Wednesday, 5.30pm-6.05pm for 4-8s and 6.10pm-6.45pm for over 8s.
£4 per week or £14 for 4 weeks.
To book, call Meg on 07792 300692

CHEC (The Community Health and Enterprise Centre)
Chec is a community resource centre which promotes health and learning through access to information, services and training, within a multi-agency environment. To find out more information visit their website http://chec-telford.co.uk/ email: [email protected] or call 01952 583779 / 01952 582659

Citizen’s Advice
Free, Impartial, Confidential and Independent information and advice. Can help with information on DLA & PIP and filling in forms.
40 Tan Bank, Wellington, Telford, TF1 1HW
Information line: 01952 459250 (9am to 5pm)
Local Citizen’s Advice website: www.telfordcab.co.uk

Community Early Help – Lakeside South
Activities for Families with children aged 0-5
Tel: 01952 385465

Creative Support (Telford)
Care and support services for adults with learning disabilities. Also provide supported living services, outreach service and access to a daytime activities centre.
01952 216839

Dimensions (Telford)
Dimensions is a national not-for-profit support provider for people with learning disabilities and people with autism.
0300 303 9006

Disability Access Fund
Is your 3 or 4 year old in a nursery and in receipt of DLA? If so please read below and talk through with your nursery provider as they maybe eligible for funding.
What is the Disability Access Fund (DAF) http://www.telford.gov.uk/info/20069/early_years_nursery_and_childcare/793/talking_34s        Disability Access Fund Declaration What is the Disability Access Fund

Future Focus
Future Focus is a free support service for 13 – 19 year olds or up to 25 years if you have additional needs. They provide impartial information, advice and guidance on careers and future planning.
01952 388988

Hadley Children’s Centre
Activities for Families with Children aged 0-5
Tel: 01952 387186

Head Space
If you are feeling anxious, have low self confidence or overwhelmed, contact Tracy Holmes at Head Space on 07807 966145 to book a place or simply turn up. Head Space are at Telford Step Centre, Whitechapel House, Whitechapel Way, Priorslee, Telford. TF2 9FN.

Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin
Healthwatch is the independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public. We listen to the local community, hearing about their experiences of health and social care services across Telford and Wrekin, and use this feedback to help improve services for everybody.

Healthy Families Team
Tel: 01952 385465
Email: [email protected]

ICAN2 Short breaks
The ican2 Short Breaks programme is about providing activities for children and young people living in Telford and Wrekin with a disability or additional need - children who have, or would experience, difficulty attending groups, clubs or facilities without support.

Impact – For 0-25 years
IMPACT is a well-established local charity which has served the Telford & Wrekin community for over 15 years. They provide a range of confidential therapeutic interventions and sessions, which are delivered by qualified BACP registered counsellors from their Madeley premises.
Tel: 01952 223165 (Answerphone is available outside office hours)
Email: [email protected]

Information Advice Support Service (IASS) (Telford)
Free and impartial support for children and young people aged 0 – 25 years with special educational needs and disabilities and their parent/carers.
01952 457176

Mermaids UK
Mermaids UK is a registered charity providing support to children/young people up to the age of 19 who are exploring their gender identity. They also provide support to their parents/carers and families too.
Tel: 0344 334 0550

My Options
My Options, offers five separate services for people aged 16+ years which are committed to enabling people to live life the way they choose, by offering flexible support options which promote independence, wellbeing and community involvement. The service supports people in their homes, whether they live alone or with someone they have chosen to share a property with.

Reiki Coach UK
Learn to heal yourself, pets and others by learning Reiki. A variety of courses and levels are available, at £25 per session.
Booking is available by phone, text or email.
Contact Elaine on: 07817 743481 or email: [email protected]

SEND Telford & Wrekin Local Offer
Telford & Wrekin’s website which aims to provide information on what services you can expect from local agencies including education, health and social care.
SEND Team – Local Offer enquiries: 01952 385399

Shining Stars
Shining Stars in a Special Needs Group for children aged 0-5 it is run by friendly, experienced Parent/Carers, the group is held every Friday 1pm-2.30pm at the Family Room, Shortwood Children's Centre, Limeklin Lane, Wellington, TF1 2JA.
For more information email: [email protected]

Shropshire Community Health NHS
Information on health services available for babies, children and families.

Staffordshire Library
The Multi-Sensory Experience Room in Stafford is now open for the public to use at Stafford Library in Tipping Street.
The room offers visitors with learning difficulties, babies or young children a unique environment to enhance their hearing, sight, smell and touch with a range of specialist equipment including a music creation hand wall, an interactive bubble tube and lots of sensory toys.
The room is FREE to use and 30 or 60 minute sessions can be booked by contacting Stafford Library on 01785 278351.
More information can be found at: http://www.staffordshirenewsroom.co.uk/new-play-room-pleases-families/

Stourbridge House – A new Children’s and Young Adults’ Short Breaks Services in Wolverhampton
Stourbridge House is going to be a new Children's and Young Adults' Short Breaks Service in Wolverhampton
Stourbridge House August 2017 Newsletter - Stourbridge House Newsletter- August 2017

Taking Part
Taking Part is an independent Shropshire learning difficulty service providing information, advice, advocacy and guidance.
01743 363399

Telford Carers Centre
The role of Carers Centre is to support and enable carers to improve their quality of life and to be more confident and able in their caring role.
01952 240209

Telford MyLife Portal
A single point of contact for any adult who lives in Telford and Wrekin and may be in need of care and support services from Adult Social Care. This service aims to assist people to help themselves by using community resources.

Telford & Wrekin CCG advice on access to Health & Care Services​
Here is an extract, for full information please click on the link below,
"Advice & Care is available much nearer to home than you might realise. Make a stop at the right service to make sure you get the help and treatment you need. Below is some information on services that can help you short cut your way to care.
Not sure what direction to take? Call NHS 111. For health advice and help in a matter of minutes, Call NHS 111. NHS 111 has a team of trained staff, including nurses, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Call NHS 111, if you: Are unsure of what service you need / Are unsure how to treat an illness / Need fast advice or help for a non-life threatening condition.

The Primary Care Wellbeing Service
The Primary Care Wellbeing Service is a free NHS Service providing a range of recommended talking therapies for common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. They offer information, guidance and talking therapies in a variety of different formats. To access this service you need to be aged 16 or over and registered with a Telford GP. Contact the team on: 01952 457415, email: [email protected] or visit their website http://telfordwellbeingservice.sssft.nhs.uk/

The Wrekin Hub – Children & Families Centre
Activities for Families with Children aged 0-5
Tel: 01952 388077/385577

Thrive is a group of organisations working together to provide the best possible support to individuals, families and communities in Telford and Wrekin. Offer support to customers to maximise their choice and control as well as establishing and maintaining their independence.
01952 504325

Tri Rugby - Shropshire Stags
The Shropshire Stags are a Rugby Team that are looking for players with or without disabilities, aged 18+. They hold weekly training sessions.  For more information contact: Cherie Pressland on 01952 630119 or email: [email protected]

WATCh Project
Shropshire Wheelchair and Mobility Services are taking part in a new piece of research, called the WATCh project. Researchers from Bangor University want to understand what young wheelchair users hope to achieve when they receive a new wheelchair. The evidence from this research project may help to improve future NHS wheelchair services in the UK.
If you are a parent/carer of a young wheelchair user and you’d like to take part, please let the WATCh project team know, [email protected] or call 07979 081697. For more information about the project please read the leaflets below, one is for parent/carers and one is for young people.

WATCh Project IRAS Info Sheet for young people 16 to 18

WATCh Project IRAS Information Sheet for Parent Carer

Wildlife Displays
Wildlife Displays has birds of prey & animal handling at Muckley Farm, Bridgnorth. They hold a great interactive animal experience. They also offer displays for children and young people with SEN.
For more information or to make a booking, please call Bryan on 07860 832349.

Wolves Community Trust
Pan disability football sessions are held every Sunday and Wednesday in Wolverhampton. Sunday sessions are held at the Wolves Indoor Dome and Wednesday sessions are held at Westcroft School & Sports College.
For more information, contact Gavin Jones on 01902 687038
Email: [email protected]

Woody's Warren - Café & Playbarn
Woody's Warren, Café and Playbarn are located in the Park Lane Centre, Woodside, Telford, TF2 5QZ, its open from Monday to Friday from 8.30am-6pm and Saturdays from 10am-1pm at a cost of £1.50 per session. Tel: 01952 683700.

Wyldwoods – Creativity for Well-Being
Wyldwoods encourages and supports the personal and social development of all people: providing a calm and positive environment in which to try new skills and reflect on personal growth and development. They also now offer a respite haven for those in need of peace and tranquillity.
Tel: 01952 884224